The Murphy administration has denied several critical permits required to build Williams Transco’s Northeast Supply Enhancement (NESE) project.

The project included the construction of 23 miles of fracked gas pipeline through the Raritan Bay and a compressor station, according to a June 5 press release.

For almost three years, Food & Water Watch has been a leader in the grassroots campaign to stop this project, according to the release.

Food & Water Watch organizer Junior Romero released the following statement:

“Grassroots activists and residents waged a nearly three-year battle against a multi-billion dollar fossil fuel company – and they won. The Murphy administration was right to reject Transco’s reckless bid to sacrifice the remarkable recovery of the Raritan Bay for the sake of its own profits.

“Communities in central Jersey would have been exposed to air pollution and toxic emissions from the massive compressor station Transco sought to build in Franklin Township. If we are serious about confronting climate change, these fossil fuel projects simply cannot be built.

“Governor Murphy should seize this moment to go further, by calling for an immediate moratorium on all new fossil fuel projects in the state. That is the kind of action that would show, once and for all, that Governor Murphy is serious about achieving his own stated goals on climate and clean energy.”

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